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president obama is right, that those making less than $250,000 should be protected. the republicans, of course, want to raise that level so there it will be some higher income categories that receive the same protection from tax increases. as part of a package, overall package, i'm following sit down and talk about that personally, only one element, the whole question mark tend is what's fair what will reduce the deficit, what's something we can live with as a nation? >> let's talk numbers. you talking about 400,000 dollars a year income level? maybe more? i know republicans are trying to get more than that. >> they are trying to create a larger class of people protected from increase in the income tax beyond the 2% that would have to pay for -- >> what but personally? what could you go for? >> i don't want to bargain with myself here around you can't do it in isolation. what you need look at is the entirely theny of things but got to be willing to give it you know? the nature of this whole process compromise, some things which beyond we can't go, period. >> when it comes to comprom
is on right now. >> we can now definitively say that president barack obama will be re-elected, mitt romney will come up a loser in this race. >> jon: the billing media story of the year, the presidential election. that was how it ended. barack obama beating mitt romney and an end to a bitter season that started early with the g.o.p. primaries and events like this. >> we saw some of this black church in south carolina where a woman asked you why you referred a president obama as the food stamp president. it sounds as if you are suitcase to go belittle people. >> first of all, juan, the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by barack obama than any president in american history. [ cheers and applause ] >> i know among the political kli correct and i'm supposed to you use facts that are uncomfortable. [ laughter ] >> so that was just part of a long and memorable primary season. juan, is that your highlight of the year. [ laughter ] >> my highlight? it is telling again for newt gingrich. he in a subsequent debate when we was asked about extramarital life and enough about these
and back and forth negotiations. every single day. it's definitely a lot of kabuki theater right now and very little substance? >> clarence? >> i think you're right about that but my big theater of the year was watching president obama and chris christie there at hurricane sandy. it was -- pivotal political moment this year. most memorable scene and for a country looking for people who can work together across party lines it was a new symbol. >> and ruinous for whom? >> i don't think it's ruinous for christie at all. >> no, no. not christie. ruin the romney. >> oh for sure. >> romney was nowhere to be seen and he had been -- he had the big mo going in. best political theater u. n. ambassador susan rice spinning the benghazi attack. she ended the soap opera with letter withdrawing from her petition for the united states. >> that's the worst? worst is my friend clint eastwood. in the empty chair. >> now wait a minute. >> brought it out -- >> a lot of people liked that. >> it was okay -- i mean it was interesting. >> not good -- >> it blotted out all the film of the great things mitt ha
chances to get things done down the road and president obama i think is in a very powerful position right now. he has some leverage but i think in the interest of the country and the interest of getting things done for the rest of his term he should be mindful of not overplaying his hand here. he has a good sound-bite, raise taxes on the wealthy from his perspective but hasn't given the republicans the good sound bite they need to do the deal. >> governor, you've been out there making quite consistently we should go over the fiscal cliff. >> i think we're having a conversation about the short term and politics in washington which is pretty much been going on in the media since the election. but long term we have to worry about the deficit. this is a good deficit. solid deficit reduction proposal. my great fear is they will make a deal and simply kick the can down the road and i think that may happen. it would be too bad. the right deal is to really take a big bite out of the deficit. go back to the clinton tax rates and make some significant cuts and you cut the defense department which h
right, t.j., president obama has been talking about this back-up plan. he's using the power of his bully pulpit to pressure congress to get something done. the basic message is, if they can't come up with a compromise, which is what leaders reid and mcconnell are working on now, they should at least put his proposal up for a vote. his proposal would include a number of things including extended the bush era tax cuts letting the tax cuts expire for the wealthiest americans. that is a big sticking point for americans. also extending on unemployment. here is what president obama had to say on that point on "meet the press." take a listen. >> i was modestly optimistic yesterday but we don't yet see an agreement. now the pressure is on congress to produce. if they don't, what i have said is that in the senate, we should go ahead and introduce legislation that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are. there should be an up and down vote. everybody should have the right to vote on it. if republicans don't like it, vote no. i think there's a majority support to make sure they are h
the scenes, but as for publicly right now, melis melissa, the white house is not talking. president obama is basically launching this public campaign to pressure republicans. president obama came out on friday and urged them to get behind his plans. again today he sat down with david gregory, of course, during that exclusive interview on "meet the press" and urged republicans to act saying that it appears all they are interested in is protecting taxes for wealthy americans. republicans, by the way, lashed out at those comments saying the president seems more interested in placing blame instead of actually leading, but that at this point in time seems to be president obama's strategy to some extent, publicly pressuring republicans to act and to move on these negotiations. so that is where this stands right now. the white house monitoring everything that's going on the hill quite closely, but i can tell you, melissa, that there is a sense of optimism that is waning here at the white house. you can sense that when you talk to the officials here. >> well, the eternal optimist. vice president
answers right now. gerri: president obama calling on congress to act to avoid the fiscal cliff. the president said he is optimistic. modestly optimistic, that is, that a deal can be done. here is the president. >> i still want to get thi done. it's the right thing to do for our families and our businesses and for our entire economy. but for iediate action comedy hour is here. it is now. we are now at the point where in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. every american paycheck will get considerably smaller. that would be the wrong thing to do. gerri: no kidding. we have been telling you that for weeks. democrats and republicans alike should rename their parties the procrastination party. that is because like a lot of college freshman, they left their work until the last minute. including the 800 billion-dollar fiscal cliff that we have been talking about. a hundred billion dollars it hasn't happened yt. it's not like the deadline comes as a surprise to anybody at all, the least of all congress. they were the ones who extended the bush tax
. how important a moment right now is this going to be a test for president obama? >> i think it's a very big moment and sets the tone for a second term. he thinks he has the public behind him and campaigned on these issues and won. the problem is, individual members of the house who outpolled him in their districts don't share that view, so i think the stakes are very high for him, and he has got to deliver something too and he knows it and that's why he's back here and that's why maybe something will happen in the next 24 hours. >> you've seen the polls, governor pawlenty, by a large margin people right now are blaming republicans for this mess and have made it clear that if we go over the fiscal cliff, it's going to be republicans that will pay the price. >> well, the polls, of course, are a reflection of a moment in time but, you know, i had some of these issues in minnesota. i had the first government shutdown in the history of my state and learned some things, jonathan. you have to have leverage in a negotiation, two, you can overplay your hand. if you corner one group so c
. and the last thing president obama wants is something that will stop what looks like a reasonably steady economic growth that we're having right now. this coming year could be a very good year for us if we don't let all this political nonsense get in the way. >> it's hard to imagine how it doesn't. you look at the record, and we talked about it, of this congress. fewer bills passed of any since they've been keeping records. 219, the previous he was 313 bills that got through congress. and a lot of them are basically, you know, naming a post office. and at the same time, it sounds like, tell me if you think something else is going on, this is going to be the narrowest of possible deals. tax rates are going to stay the same for people making 250, 400 or maybe $500,000 a year or less. and then all the other stuff is going to have to -- entitlements are going to be put off until 2013. the debt ceiling is looming there for 2013. i like your optimism, but i just don't know. >> you had my friend, tom mann on earlier. i think it's very important that what you had happen in the house is the most
's new book, "the endgame: the inside story of the struggle for iraq, from george w. bush to barack obama." mr. gordon, it's november 2012 right now. how many americans are in iraq as we speak? >> there's no american troops were many military functions are there's 200 odd person out who succumbed to the embassy and their primary duty is to sell american military equipment to the iraqi government, f-16s and the like as an act tachÉ function. then there's a fairly sizable american embassy, which is contracted by the state department, reduced by 25%. but what you don't have the mesa consulate and kurdistan and a consulate outside of boston in southern iraq, that the united states has really lost a lot of situational awareness of what is happening in iraq because you don't have anything like the kind of footprint that it used to have. iraq is still a strategically vital country. it's one of the largest oil reserves. it's our producing a random terms of oil. they strategically located between persia and the arab countries. it's a strategically important place. turkey, iran, or countries and u
is going to get the blame for this? >> well, that remains to be seen, right? we saw -- we see president obama playing this game where he is not really taking a position and blaming it on the speaker. the republicans of doing the same. at think what needs to happen is delayed another month and not try to stop something to get the last minute, even though they are the reason that it is the last minute. tom: they keep taking things down the road. thank you both very much. >> thank you. tom: coming up, forget the fiscal cliff. you are also facing the dairy cliff. yes. if congress does n move fast, you're going to get note that the supermarket, and you're going to pay a lot more fr that milk and cheese . hurricanes and the victims need help. waington is using the storm to pay for things like alaskan fisheries and new cars for bureaucrats. this one is going to drive you nuts. ♪ [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. omnipotent of opportunity. you know how to mix business... with business. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle. and go. y
, barack obama said it was an individual right. 75% of the american people, probably 95% of politicians including liberal politicians thought it was. other than getting rid of the d.c. about in the chicago, what difference did it make? >> guest: that's interesting. to me that's a surprise because gun-control advocates eresting. to me that's a surprise because gun-control advocates said after both those decisions they would be a tsunami was the word that was used for challenges to gun control regulations. other than some, but certainly not a tidal wave of them. they have mostly succeeded. here the district they passed and decided on a new set of regulations that still ban assault weapons and make it necessary you have to show that you now how do gun and could store it safely and you have to register and so on. there is a challenge to that but i don't think it's been resolved yet. >> host: in a couple hundred lawsuits across the country. but almost everyone of them has upheld the laws. >> guest: they overthrew because of how to admit donald. >> host: so you've got this second amendment an
the government, democrats and liberals, obama, or anybody who has the right to decide when another american is wealthy? in the constitution, it is said that we have the ability to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. all this bickering is restricting and punishing achievement. i make next to nothing because of my past. i did my time. i do not care what they do. personally, i hope nothing happens, because i know the game. right before the deadline hits, they will pass something. i have been watching this for enough years to see that they will pass it. it will pass something because they have to play this game. host: charles from maryland, thank you for the call. trawls brings up a rebel. he will be on meat -- "meet the press" this morning. the highlight will be president obama on nbc's "meet the press." on abc this morning, senator chuck schumer. along with jon kyl of arizona. on cbs, dick durbin and tom coburn, the republican from oklahoma. fox news this morning, on fox news sunday, senator lindsey graham, the republican from south carolina, on what senator dianne feinstein,
at some point on the fiscal stuff with obama and expose him or herself to cries of disloyalty on the right and any republican speaker will have to at some point deal with the debt ceiling which will come up in a more or so. is it possible for anybody to really be an effective republican house speaker? >> i don't envy the job but john boehner is a survivor. people forget that he had been on the leadership track rising up through the ranks and got derailed several years ago and he was able to come back. i remember seeing him at a republican event in the 'fwhooirnts in connecticut at a congressional race. he was -- he spent a decade and he may have spent two decades traveling around the country to competitive districts. he has a lot of personal relationships within the caucus even though there's a lot of new members. this is a real leadership test in navigating the fiscal cliff. we saw the debt ceiling debate a year and a half ago. that was a political disaster. a real tough position for john boehner. he had all the freshmen and many of them tea-part backed members that didn't want to comprom
to make but to deal with a contemporary is a lot of interest in obama. then to pull back. >> but there were people on the right to and those who would disagree to say he apologizes for america and pulls out from the allies and those that say he should not send troops to afghanistan in the first place. >> there was the tough group. the advisers that he bridal and called the economic advisers to timothy geithner, larry summers and peter norris said. of the foreign policy team, robert gates up to his eyeballs most of the bad things the country has done for decades. >> but he promised he would pull troops out of iraq so he falls through on his promise. >> so they do not take it seriously enough. we think it has been a big mistake. one thing he said is that cut back on the bush secrecy and has not followed through. with the espionage act was passed three people were indicted we were critical of many things but with the treatment of bradley manning it was very problematic but in some ways with bush and cheney for the war crimes committed so if you commit war crimes you walk fre
americans but key disagreements on eptitlesments and tax rate thresh finds remain. president obama's original plan called for increasing taxes on families earning more than $250,000 now $400,000 could be a number on the negotiating table. >> the $400,000 level seems to me to be with about right. that represents about the top 1% of income earners in the country and is they got knee% of the growth and there is some flexibility there. >> reporter: the republicans say the u.s. is not facing's revenue problem. >> i feel like i'm a lifeguard and we have to save as many people from drowning and higher taxes as we can. >> reporter: in the weekly address to the nation, president obama urged congress to do something. >> we can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: congress will try to find compromise. >> i am still optimistic and i think we can avert this and there is enough common sense to come together and get it solved. >> reporter: a combination will kick in on january 1st. if no deal is made, president obama will press congress to vote on a plan c, one
. will there be a deal or will the $500 billion in spending cuts and tax hikes actually kick in? right now, negotiations going on behind closed doors. this while president obama has joined leaders in it both parties to make the case to the american people by appearing on the morning public affairs programs this morning. both sides pitching their proposals. but at this late point, some say any chance that congress has of averting the fiscal cliff will take serious late night legislative wrangling. good morning. i'm eric shawn. i'm heather childers in for jamie colby. without a deal the countdown to 2013 also a countdown to smaller pay checks for nearly all americans as the fiscal cliff tax hikes are set to take a bigger bite and the military facing serious cutbacks along with other federal programs that millions of americans count on. >> ed henry live at the white house with the latest on the negotiations. ed, we are really getting down to the wire. what did the president say this morning and will that make a difference? >> good morning, eric. part of what he was doing was putting the onus on republicans
printing money right and left and hoping that somehow it is going to turn the economy around. obama promised that if we follow these policies, everything ought to be improving. >> hunky dory. i am not seeing it. looking uhed -- looking ahead to the new year, all of the printing of money, is that change ?g. >> printing of money did help. it did inflate the economy. the problem is that you had fiscal policy which is what the white house could control. it didn't really work. it worked horribly. we know that unemployment is going down because the labor force is shrinking. that's why it is going down. it is an unprecedented thing. the only thing left to do is monetary policy. you try to pump up the economy by printing more money. a lot of people criticize ben bernanke for that. it could sew the seeds of inflation where down the road the stuff will be way too expensive. it was the only game in town. if you believe bernanke, if he didn't do that, we may have gone into a double dip recession or something worse. >> let's talk about the fact that so many people who are heads of companies, cor
director invoed in an extramarital affair cannot b overplayayed. >> all right. as we look back, let's begin with the top political story of the year -- the reelection of barack obama. as "timeme"'s magazine cover story stage -- the president is the person of the year -- barack obama will be the first dememocrat in more e than 75 years to win a majority of the popular vote twice. mitt romney has to be asking himself, given the magnitude of the president's problems and the great numbers of americans who believe the country was headed in the wrong dirirection "how did i lose?" the republican national convention, a vermont couple took the stage to describe how mitt romney had helped their termally ill son help settle his affairs. people listening werere in tears but their story never made it to the country. instead, the voters saw this. >> what do y you want me t tell romney? i cannot tell him to do that. [laughter] >> that is just a symptom of what went wrong in the mitt romney campaign, and yet as we observed here week after week, the president was vulnerable and so manlevels. the economic re
at the media. "state ufrts of the union" begi right now. >> we are at the precipes of a very big thing. today the cliffhanger, president obama takes to the sunday air waves to make his case. we get response from olympia snow, bob corber, and congressman labrador. cutting through the clutter of the fiscal cliff and 2016, yes 2016, with a.b. stoddard of the hill, "the washington post," "time" magazine's michael crowley and jessica yellen. i'm candy crowley. this is "state of the union." we still don't know if a deal is in the works or out of the question. mitch mcconnell promised aen update as soon as he had any news to make. that could happen when the senate convenes a rare sunday session of congress. looking to dominate his side of the story while leaders wrangle on the details, president obama made his first sunday show appearance in three years, sitting down with nbc's david gregory this morning to talk about the fiscal cliff. >> i'm arguing for maintaining tax cuts for 98% of americans. i don't think anybody would consider that some liberal left wing agenda. that used to be considered a re
obama to consider is the extent to which some of their behavior is driven more by the need to be right and look good than about what is really in the best interest. it seems like a simple thing, but when people can become aware of some of these deeper patterns, they can shift off of them and be more adult and make better decisions. so my advice would be become more effectively aware of things driving them. >> do you think there's either one more at fault than the other? >> you know, they probably at this point speaker boehner simply because he's more backed into the corner. president obama has the better hand, and everybody knows that. as a function of that, boehner has to consider what are his options? his options are conscripted. when they're conscripted, people act more unconsciously and people go back to old patterns. the advice would serve boehner a little more than obama, but let's not be fooled here. even when things are in our favor, we still are seduced into this kind of behavior. >> we hope that some of the powers that be have been watching this, and we do hope we get past th
they're going to have to deal with that and the tax hikes and spending cuts. you're absolutely right. in terms of strategy, if they have one, they haven't revealed the details about that quite yet. but president obama today, i thought it was interesting using the power of his bully pulpit to put pressure on congress to get this basic deal done that he's calling for. and richard, one of the things he said in his remarks is this is not how the american people do business. and just to remind you, he said ordinary people do their jobs, meet deadlines and sort out their disagreements and it's boggling to many of them. so the president really trying to ramp up public pressure. this is something that we have seen him do in the past, a tactic that he has taken in the past to really try to get the public on his side to put the pressure on house republicans. richard? >> kristen welker, thank you very much. joins now by joy reid and chicago's. maybe let's roll the tape. >>> outside of washington, nobody understands how it is that this seems to be a repeat pattern over and over again. ordinary f
affair cannot be overplayed. >> all right, as we look back, let's begin with the top political story of the year -- the freight -- the reelection of barack obama. as "ti" magine plus a cover story states, barack obama will be the first democrat in more than 75 years to win a majority of the popular vote twice. mitt romney has to be asking himself, giving the magnitude of the president's problems and the great numbers of americans who believe the country was headed in the wrong direction, "how did i lose?" as the republican national convention, a vermont couple took the stage to describe how mitt romney helped their terminally ill son settle his fairs, but their story never meant it to tv. instead, the voters saw this. >> what do you want me to tell romney? i cannot tell him to do that. [laughter] >> that is a symptom of what went wrong in the campaign, and yet, as we observe here, we noted that the president was vulnerable at so many levels. the economic recovery moving at a snail's pace. there was great opposition to the affordable care act, obamacare, if you will. he bombed in the
to spin it. i think doug is absolutely right that president obama has won on this, i think very short-term battle with respect to the tax cuts. however, the bigger issue that we are not discussing enough, which i think this whole debate should have centered around, is not the g.o.p. tax cuts, but in fact, the spending situation. so now we are almost at the fiscal cliff, it's the end of the year. but unfortunately, shannon, we are going to turn around, the end of february, and there is a bigger issue we are going to have to deal with, in terms of the debt. so i agree, i think president obama may have won the short-term battle. but i don't think he's going to win on this -- on the debt situation because that is when there is going to be absolute no negotiation on how much -- on what spending we do. it is going to be how much spending cuts that we are going to make because we are really at the point of no return, with respect to our debt. >> when you break out some of the individual leader who is are playing a part in this fiscal cliff negotiation, this is the latest gallup polling aroun
no signs of a deal in the senate right now on how to avert the fiscal cliff. let's bring back the senior editor of "the new republic" and author of "the escape artists, how obama's team fumbled the recovery" and ed o'keefe congressional reporter for the "washington post." thanks to both of you for coming back here. ed, do you think the deal is dead right now? >> no, by no means. as we understand it, negotiations are continuing. right now both parties in the senate are meeting behind closed doors to discuss what was going on and what they may or may not be able to agree to as you've reported throughout the hour. mitch mcconnell has reached out to vice president biden, two experienced legislative hands who have worked together on these types of deals before. if anyone at this late hour could get a deal done it would likely be these two. keep in mind, no matter what deal is crafted on in the senate, voted on tonight and tomorrow morning it still has to get passed here in the house where i'm standing right now. we were talking to tom cole a little while ago on the show. off camera he was tel
outcome. call this free government program for the option that's right for you. gerri: earlier tonight on gerriwillis.com, we asked you if the white house fiscal cliff meeting between obama and congressional leaders, if it was a polical stunt or real negotiation. here is how you voted 96% said a political stun
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open past midnight. don't go, we'll be right back with more news in a moment. here's david gregory with a look at what's coming up on "meet the press." >> i sit down exclusively with president obama for his first appearance on the program in over three years, underscoring the importance of the high stakes showdown taking place over the next 48 hours in washington. will there be a deal on the fiscal cliff before the clock 31st.s midnight on the other pressing topics, guns, benghazi, what he hopes >> now, your 11 insta-weather plus forecast with ava marie. time is 9:38, here's a like look outdoors. skycam showing the camera bumping around in strong winds. at the airport, gusts at 36 miles per hour. the sky is trying to break apart, sun shining through. even though we're seeing the sun, we've also seen flurries across the area, something unexpected. we didn't expect them to reach this far south but on the radar picture there's a hint of some flurries and sprinkles making their way to the eastern shore, through caroline county at this point. nothing major whatsoever. we've had reports
, in the obama administration? >> not necessarily. so, don, you mentioned the three things that are concerned to log cabin republicans. bad on gay rights. this is a guy who's going to be in charge of ensuring open implementation takes place. he's has a negative record on that. not just talking about a former appointee. when it comes to iran, very weak. left of president obama when it comes to economic sanctions or imposing sanctions on tehran to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. and then finally our bilateral relationship with israel, not strong on that. so regardless of where you lie, pick your poison, it's a perfect storm for why he should not be sec-def. to use an army colloquialism, he's a no-go. >> is this a turning point for the republican party? we will get to that. >> have you been getting pushback from your party about the ad? >> no. the party is a broad spectrum. there are folks that we work with on the nonproliferation issue regarding iran. we were longtime supporters of legislation that was advocated by leadership in our party. congresswoman slatton was a big proponent of
republican, hagel, in the obama administration? >> not necessarily. so, don, you mentioned the three things that are concerned to log cabin republicans. battle of gay rights. this is a guy who's going to be in charge of ensuring open implementation take place. he's has a negative record on that. not just talking about a former appointee. when it comes to iran, very weak. left of president obama when it comes to economic sanctions or imposing sanctions on tehran to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. and then finally our bilateral relationship with israel, not strong on that. so regardless of where you lie, pick your poison, it's a perfect storm for why he should not be sec-def. to use an army colloquiloaolloq he's a no-go. >> have you been getting pushback from your party about the ad? >> no. the party is a broad spectrum. there are folks that we work with on the nonproliferation issue regarding iran. we were longtime supporters of legislation that was advocated by leadership in our party. other coalition groups. also as far as our stance with our ally relationship, our bilateral, sta
? >> well, here is what we are hearing. i will believe none of it until i see it. >> right. >> the rates will go up for high income people, and we don't know how high income, president obama wants $250,000 as the threshold, but republicans are pushing for more than $400,000, but it is splitting hairs at a certain point and especially now in the 11th hour or less than 30 hours away from the deadline. so we will see that, and we hope that they are going to put an amt patch in to protect the middle-class in from playing the wealth year for tax year 2012 yet, and we are totally running out of time on that one, and we have a bunch of tax extenders for businesses and individuals and they have expired and will they extend those? and the payroll tax will certainly expire and nobody is talking about that. the first pay xhek in jcheck in will be smaller regardless because of that. >> and you are so good at giving explanations for 99.8% of americans who are not accountants. but the amt patch will affect you for the 2012 income, and not the 2013, so that matters immediately. >> right. in effect, the
. the source has told you the vice president has been called in on this. >> reporter: that's right. i'm told the vice president is now playing a direct role in these negotiations, trying to get to a deal, a last-minute deal, a key player in the final hours. president obama set off the high-stakes weekend scramble friday night imemployering congressional leaders to take action immediately. >> the american people are not going to have any patience fora i politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: with that harry reid and mitch mcconnell launched a latch-dimp effort to craft a bipt plan to that stop the tax hike going into effect on new year's day. they negotiated all day saturday. saturday night there was an offer. by this morning, a clear sense of optimism and warnings that failure would be unthinkable. >> there are no breakthroughs yet, but there's a real possibility of a deal. >> if we are not able to reach an agreement, it will be dire. >> the morning's optimism turned into the afternoon's pessimism. the senate opened for business at 1:00 p.m. with the ominous prayer fro
are moving in that direction, particularly in the entitlement state. >> right. >> not reforming it, but actually expanding it. >> what happened was the supreme court helping this along. t you had the justices essentially rewrite legislation. changing the tax congress passed to declare obama care constitutional which is a littleec scary that the highest justice is -- justices in the land would take the activist roll. that's what is scary. the backdrop of the presidential year was europe. we know where this path leads. all this turmoil, the huge welfare and the low productivity and high unemployment that comes along with them, that was the backdrop of the presidential campaign. voters voted, and they said, yes, we are going to keep moving in that direction, kim. where do you think the electorat is here? is it be ibd hue the choices that -- is it behind the choices that jason suggested they might be? >> barack obamaus won this election by very effectively making this a referendum about his opponent, mitt romney. if you went out and asked most americans, do you think barack obama did a
and nondiscretionary. >> i agree there's no more trust between speaker boehner and president obama. >> that's the other dog not barking here, is how small expectations are become here. how little deficit reduction will happen here. >> none, right? by the way, aren't taxes going up anyway? >> true. >> what people don't know or what we haven't focused on here, nobody is talking about keeping taxes low on social security. >> right. the payroll tax, the extension of the holiday in effect is not even on the table at this point. >> right. my question is, could this be an ongoing battle where you see a series of skirmishes in the new year over the debt ceiling and over another budget because it's an ideological tug-of-war that will eventually break and they're just fighting for it now, but it's a huge battle of ideas that maybe they have to fight over for a while. >> it is. you're right, jessica. i think the speaker at heart -- it's not about necessarily his caucus to vote. he does not believe that raising taxes on people making more than $250,000 is a good economic policy and thinks it's disastrous. the pres
but there is still time to act. both president obama and senate majority leader harry reid claim it is an achievable plan, one that can pass both houses of congress. and republicans agree. the republican controlled house is taking the step into the right direction. the house has already passed a bill to protect all americans from burdensome tax increases. they passed legislation rick -- replaced damaging spending cuts with responsible targeted ones and to bring our nation's record debt under control. instead of working across the aisle and considering the house passed plan to protect taxpayers, senate democrats spent months going partisan -- drawing partisan lines in the sand. the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top to% of americans will might even play one-third of the annual interest owned on this massive $16 trillion debt. the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days of the year. inaction should not be an option. the problems facing our country are big with their not necess
right. >> who is going to propose that all the talks should be on the record and televised. >> who was that? >> i forgot. someone. >> candidate barack obama. >> let me follow up with bob. there have been waves in the coverage where i read reports in the papers and perhaps read them on television. they're getting close to a deal, the two sides are moving and the journalists repeatedly have been too optimistic about this. of course, they're going to work something out, yet, overestimating the ability of these two parties that are at each other's throats. two worked something out. >> you have to read the tea leaves. there was a point when obama moved from $250,000 threshold on taxes to 400. boehner put tax rates. >> boehner said for the first time republicans would be willing to support. the question is, how much his troops would be backing him raising tax rates on those over $1 million. which for given the republican fervent opposition to any raise in tax rates, that was a significant step, but then it stopped. >> during that time about a week where the white house and speaker boehne
more questions. we'll come right here. >> thank you for coming, mr. speaker. i really was looking forward to you debating barack obama. that would have -- [cheers and applause] been amazing. one of the things that was really noticeable and palpable in the last year of the presidential debates and the candidates was the lack of media objectivity. and as a media person, what do you suggest for this next wave of breitbarts and television and bloggers in order to combat and, basically, silence this mainstream or lame stream media that we have today? >> well -- [applause] and if you go back and look at the debates, i did a fair amount of policing. [laughter] but my first, my first question as republicans look at this, and i've just started at gingrich productions what'll be a six month project of reviewing and trying to learn the lessons at a much deeper level than you're going to get from the current wave of analysts. because i think when you lose five out of six presidential elections in popular vote remembering that bush got a minority of the vote in 2000 and we, you underperform in
as middle class. president obama wanted $250,000 per household to count as wealthy, but democrats now say they're willing to let that go higher. >> the 400,000 that would seem to me to be about right, represents about the top 1% of income earners in the country and those are people who have 93% of growth last year and that seems to be enough and i think there's some flexibility there. >> senator mcconnell said yesterday he and his democratic counterparts have been trading paper all day and that discussions were continuing, but the only big news he wanted to share with us is that louisville beat the university of kentucky down in the state he represents, 80-77. that's all we've got. >> juliet: he wasn't watching that game because he was busy working. >> dave: which plays in, peterer, ashley judd may run against him and she's the biggest kentucky fan on the planet and there's a reason he mentioned that, may have been about his potential senate opponent. >> reporter: can root for more than one of the big schools in your state. >> dave: ultimately you may have to. >> clayton: peter, when doe
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